The paramedic cleared a path through the crowd for a woman with a large bandage on her right thigh, one of three people shot Monday afternoon during an argument on the street in the Lawndale neighborhood.
“And so it begins,” he said, referring to shootings that usually rise with the temperature in Chicago. It had hit 80 for the first time since early October.
Through the summerlike afternoon and night, at least one person was killed and nine others were wounded by gunfire in the city, slightly higher than usual weekdays, according to data kept by the Tribune.
At least 730 people have been shot in the city this year, well below the 1,000-plus shootings recorded by this time in the last two years when Chicago saw record levels of violence. But the shootings this year are still substantially higher than other recent years, according to the Tribune data. There have been at least 152 homicides this year.
The Lawndale attack occurred around 4:55 p.m. in the 3100 block of West Lexington Street when two men and a women got into an argument with someone who pulled a gun and started firing, police said.
A woman, 25, was hit in the right leg, a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg and a 20-year-old man was hit in the arm, police said. They were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and their conditions stabilized.
At the scene, people gathered on porches and paced the sidewalks on the street of mostly two- and three-flats. Several said they had just gotten home from work to find their block closed off with yellow tape. At least two ambulances flanked a firetruck and police cars on the one-way street.
At the west end, near Kedzie Avenue, paramedics lifted the woman from a wheelchair onto a stretcher, then raised her into an ambulance.
“Oh sh …” the woman said, not finishing the word.
About three hours earlier, a man was shot to death in his car near Fosco Park in University Village, police said. Clarence Dabney, 29, was shot in the left side as he sat in his car in the 1300 block of West 13th Street about 1:50 p.m., according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dabney lived about 6 miles away in the 5400 block of West Monroe Street, according to the medical examiner. Investigators were not immediately able to find anyone who said they witnessed the shooting, police said.
- On the Near West Side, a 29-year-old man was grazed in the head in the 2300 block of West Jackson Boulevard around 3:30 a.m., police said. He refused medical treatment.
- Around 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, a 25-year-old man was grazed in the left leg while walking down the street in the 3200 block of West Washington Boulevard in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. He was shot by someone in a passing black sedan. He was taken in good condition to Stroger Hospital.
- In the Roseland neighborhood, a 30-year-old man was shot in the left knee in the 10900 block of South Michigan Avenue around 10:20 p.m., police said. He was taken to Roseland Hospital and was stabilized.
- Just before 6 p.m., a man was shot in the arm in the 13200 block of South King Drive in the Eden Green neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said. The man was shot by someone in a light-colored SUV who drove away following the attack, police said. The man was taken to a hospital in serious condition.
- A 22-year-old man was shot in the hand after a fight in the 1200 block of South Avers Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood about 5:25 p.m. Monday, police said. The man told police he was sitting in his car when someone came up and showed a gun, police said. The man and gunman got into a fight, the gun went off and the attacker fled the scene, police said. The man was in good condition at Mount Sinai.
- A 24-year-old man was shot in the head just after noon in the 2700 block of North New England Avenue in the Montclare neighborhood on the Northwest Side. He went to Community First Medical Center, where he was stabilized and transferred to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.